Nigeria are set to go up against Guinea and two tournament debutants as the draws for the 2019 African Cup Of Nations were made on Friday night in Cairo.
Hosts Egypt will face DR Congo, Uganda and Zimbabwe in Group A, while defending champions Cameroon will do battle in Group F with Ghana, Benin and Guinea-Bissau.
The tournament which will take place from 21 June to 19 July, is set to be the biggest AFCON yet, with 24 teams, and the first to be held in Europe’s summer rather than January or February.
Morocco coach Herve Renard is looking to win an unprecedented third Africa Cup of Nations – with a third different team. The Atlas Lions are in Group D with one of the previous teams he won it with, the Ivory Coast. South Africa and neighbouring Namibia complete the group.
The first game of the tournament will see Egypt – who are likely to have Liverpool star Mohamed Salah in their team – take on Zimbabwe on 21 June at Cairo Stadium.
Two of the three tournament debutants – Madagascar and Burundi – are in Group B with Nigeria and Guinea.
The other new team, Mauritania, are in Group E with Tunisia, Mali and Angola.
Two teams from each group will go into the last 16, with the four best third-placed teams also progressing.
Group A: Egypt, DR Congo, Uganda, Zimbabwe
Group B: Nigeria, Guinea, Madagascar, Burundi
Group C: Senegal, Algeria, Kenya, Tanzania
Group D: Morocco, Ivory Coast, South Africa, Namibia
Group E: Tunisia, Mali, Mauritania, Angola
Group F: Cameroon, Ghana, Benin, Guinea-Bissau.
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